Former Premier League stars Aaron Ramsey and Philippe Coutinho have been suggested as the two big signings to ignite Newcastle United’s new era.
The Magpies’ £305m takeover was completed last week to bring the 14-year tenure of Mike Ashley to an end.
Since the takeover has been finalised, a number of world-class players and managers has been linked with moves to St James’ Park.
There will be signings in January, with the club reportedly able to spend up to £190m and still remain within Financial Fair Play limits.
Ramsey and Coutinho big names
Former Aston Villa captain Gabby Agbonlahor believes that Newcastle should take advantage of both Ramsey and Coutinho’s lack of playing time at Juventus and Barcelona.
“I’d go and get Ramsey or someone like that,” he told talkSPORT.
“He’s still a good player and it isn’t working for him at Juventus at the moment.
“I’d target those kind of players where you don’t have to pay them silly money.”
Agbonlahor felt the signing of Coutinho would be a similar statement to what Manchester City made to start the Sheikh Mansour by announcing the capture of Robinho.
The three-time England international added: “I’d take Coutinho, too, because we were talking about the Man City takeover and they had Robinho come in.
“Coutinho’s not really playing his football properly at Barcelona.”
Is it a big risk signing the pair?
Ramsey has only had 106 minutes of game time for the Italian giants so far this season and his career has been blighted with injuries.
But when he was fit and firing for Arsenal, he often came up with big goals in big movements and was at the heart of the Gunners’ team.
The Welshman is currently on a lucrative £400,000 per week (BBC Sport) in Italy and at the age of 30, he may seek one last big money move.
But Amanda Staveley has repeatedly said that turning Newcastle United into a major powerhouse, regularly challenging for major honours will take time.
The question is whether Ramsey, who turns 31 in December, backs the project and joins the club for the right reasons and not just a pay-check.
Coutinho has featured more than Ramsey this season, but he is playing for a club that are financially crippled and are going to need time to rebuild once again.
The £142m (BBC Sport) move from Liverpool just hasn’t worked out for the Brazilian and he now finds himself out of the national side.
Similar to Ramsey, the 29-year-old has a contract until 2023, and it seems practically impossible that either of them will renew at their current clubs.
If Coutinho has aspirations of getting back into the Brazil side ahead of next winter’s World Cup in Qatar, then a move may be necessary.
The pair are proven in the Premier League and that is advantageous, but they will demand huge wage packages.
However, if they reproduce the form that earned them their big-money moves, then the new Newcastle owners will be lauded as masterminds for bringing them to St James’ Park.